One of my all-time favorite scriptural verses is found in Alma 28, which I have to admit can be a dismal chapter, but it ends with a beautiful message of hope and joy. The chapter is mostly about the Lamanites being defeated, with tens of thousands dying, with people mourning the loss of their brethren and relatives. There are a couple of verses, however, that within this dismal setting bring a light of hope and joy.
Alma 28:12 talks about how the people are obviously sad at their brethren’s death, “yet they rejoice and exult in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God, in a state of never-ending happiness.” This already speaks of the hope that comes from having an eternal perspective, and knowing the Plan of Happiness God created for us.
In my opinion, however, the best part is Alma 28:14—
“And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing—sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.“
In general, joy is one of my favorite words/topics, but this verse struck me in a very different way compared to other scriptures I’d read about it. There is something extremely profound to me about the acknowledgement of sorrow, and sorrow with reason. There are times when it is proper and right to be sad, to feel pain, to be sorrowful, and mourn. When we lose loved ones, or see someone close to us suffering, it is normal to feel pain. Even our Savior felt pain and sorrow in His life, and it was good. Yet even in this sorrow, even in our pain or in heartache, we can still find joy because of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the source of light and life, which is a cause for everlasting joy that never ever has to go away, even in the hardest trials of our life. Even when things are hard, or when we are sad about something, we still have the light of Christ in our life, and He will never forsake us. Especially when we remember to go to Him as the source of everlasting joy. As we put Christ first in our lives, we can find that incredible, lasting joy that goes beyond the temporal little pleasures like food or parties or Netflix. If we turn to Him, and do our best to keep His commandments, that pure joy can flood into our lives in ways that we can’t even comprehend.
Christ is the light of my life, and He is the source of everything that brings me the truest everlasting joy.